Child Development

Since 1978, YWCA Lancaster has provided safe, nurturing, and enriching Child Development services for children ages six weeks to five years old. Year-round programs are also available for school-age children in Lancaster City and Penn Manor School District through age twelve. These flexible and affordable services enable hard-working women and their families to continue earning an income while ensuring their children receive a quality education.

Our curriculum demonstrates a commitment to eliminating racism and offers children opportunities to celebrate differences and learn to value diversity. All YWCA Lancaster Child Development programs embody the ideals of the YWCA – peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

All of our staff meet or exceed state licensing requirements. Subsidized care is available through various funding sources. YWCA Lancaster does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristic. Resources are available for those with limited English proficiency. We also offer a sliding fee scale for families at our Lime Street location.

YWCA Lancaster Child Development programs voluntarily participate in the Pennsylvania Keystone Stars Program. Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

Contact Information:

Deborah Sims
Director of Early Learning & School Age Development

160 children received subsidized careenabling parents to utilize otherwise inaccessible services

Payment Options

To ensure your child receives quality, on-going care at YWCA Lancaster, the following payment options are available for parents and guardians. Payment is due in full each Friday; late payments will incur an additional charge of $10.

Tuition Express Auto Withdrawal

Preferred payment method. By signing up, your account will always be current and no late charge will be applied. If funds are not available by Friday, you will receive a $25 service charge for insufficient funds. To enroll, please complete the sign-up form.

Tuition Express Online One-Time Payment

One-time credit card payments can be made at tuitionexpress.com. Contact us to set up your account.

The following payment methods incur an additional charge of $2.50 per transaction to offset the costs associated with processing payments. These payments are accepted at YWCA Lancaster’s front desk between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

  • Credit Card Payment
  • Cash Payment
  • Check Payment

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